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|Re. Thornton Lacey.
Written by Rachel G
(10/16/2010 4:16 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Quite a letter from Mary in Chapter 40, penned by Angela L
it would not be Mary's style to moan on - "Oh, oh! why hasn't he come? Perhaps he doesn't love me", etc I think her flippancy here is partly a defence against letting herself get bogged down by unhappy feelings, and partly a defensive habit of not revealing her vulnerabilities to a world that is often unkind.
I cannot blame Mary altogether for her failure to understand Fanny's point of view. Fanny has rigorously hidden how she actually feels about Mary, and she has never tried to tell Mary how strongly she dislikes the idea of marrying Henry. Given Fanny's habit of keeping silent rather than revealing her true thoughts, Mary would need to be an accomplished mind-reader to really understand her.
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